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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Win Again Sans Kobe
LA Lakers defeat Golden State Warriors 104-94. The still shorthanded Warriors hung around all game, but the Kobe-less Lakers were still too much for them. Shannon Brown got his first career double-double: a career high 27 points and 10 rebounds. Lamar Odom came off the bench and continued where he left off before the All Star Break swallowing up 18 rebounds. All five starters scored double digits as the Lakers got their fourth straight win without Kobe. The Lakers got off to a fast start taking a 36-24 lead after the first quarter, but the Warriors capitalized on Lakers turnovers and missed free throws. Jordan Farmar made five of the 19 turnovers that helped keep the Warriors in the game while Odom went 2-for-6 at the charity stripe with the team shooting 22-for-31 overall.
Portland Trail Blazers defeat LA Clippers 109-87. Before the game it was announced that the Clippers traded center Marcus Camby to the Blazers for guard Steve Blake, forward Travis Outlaw and cold hard cash while waiving Ricky Davis. With those players out for both teams, it really didn’t change the Clippers fortunes with the Blazers taking away the Clippers post-up game. Chris Kaman had four points in 27 minutes while Craig Smith scored seven in 25 minutes. The 21 turnovers the Clippers had didn’t help things any. However the Clippers did get to within five points with 8:48 remaining in the game. But the Blazers went on an 11-0 run to squash any comebacks the Clippers had planned. Brandon Roy returned for the Blazers and had four points in 15 minutes played.
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